For years now, Pfac has been a great place to hear local musicians in a casual, art-enriched environment. The series called Art After 5 serves a triple purpose. It's an after-work social opportunity as well as a chance to check out some of the area's most creative musicians. While you're there, you can also cast your eyes on the Peninsula Fine Arts Center's fine exhibits.
The Autumn run of Art After 5 leaves the starting gate Aug. 18 and continues through year's end. The events take place on every third Thursday of the month. The parties last 5:30-7:30 p.m. They're free and open to the public.
Here's the musical lineup. It covers acoustic country, reggae, blues and rock.
Aug. 18 -- Two Dollar Bill Band
Sept. 15 -- The Dharma Initiative
Oct. 20 -- Otis Brooks
Nov. 17 -- Annie Johnson Band
Dec. 15 -- Skip Friel
I'm familiar with the music of these groups -- with the exception of Otis Brooks. A quick look at YouTube and Facebook tells me Brooks is a Newport News-based blues singer and guitarist with good skills. From what I was able to glean online, his musicianship lives up to his very bluesy name. (Otis Spann meets Lonnie Brooks?)
Here's a press release about the series.
TWO DOLLAR BILL BAND PLAYS FALL OPENER
OF PENINSULA FINE ARTS CENTER’S ART AFTER 5 AUG. 18
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s free third Thursday live music, poetry and art happening, Art After 5 returns for its second year with musical guests the Two Dollar Bill Band on Thursday, Aug. 18, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Describing their music as “Old-time music, Bluegrass & Newgrass with an edge,” the Two Dollar Bill Band consists of: Brian Dobbins, vocals, guitar, fiddle and clawhammer Banjo; Sam Shinault, mandolin, guitar and vocals; Robb Van de Riet, bass, vocals and Guitar; and Randy Bagoly, banjo, harmonica, vocals and jug.
In addition to the music, guests can share a poem or spoken word piece in the event’s Poetry Open Mic. led by poet Pete Freas. Artist Ellyn Tilburg demonstrates her watercolor technique. Attendees can pose for a digital “Floating Frame Portrait” with Stacy Whiting Creative. Hors d’oeuvres are provided by Blackdog Catering and beer and wine is available for purchase from La Bodega Hampton. Beverage sale proceeds benefit Pfac.
While enjoying the music, guests can explore the exhibitions Unbroken Thread: The Art of Philip Koch and The Virginia Landscape – Works on Paper.
Fall 2011 Art After 5
5:30-7:30 pm, Free and open to the public
August 18 Two Dollar Bill Band
September 15 The Dharma Initiative
October 20 Otis Brooks
November 17 Annie Johnson Band
December 15 Skip Friel
Art After 5 is sponsored by SunTrust Bank. Free admission for every third Thursday of the month, as well as Art After 5 is made possible by a grant from the Noland Foundation.
Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located at 101 Museum Dr., Mariners’ Museum Park, Newport News, VA. For more information call 596-8175 or visit www.pfac-va.org. Connect with Pfac on Facebook for the latest events and updates.